head·​gear | \ ˈhed-ˌgir How to pronounce headgear (audio) \

Definition of headgear

1 : a covering or protective device for the head
2 : a harness for a horse's head

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Synonyms for headgear


cap, chapeau, hat, headdress, headpiece, lid [slang]

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Examples of headgear in a Sentence

The law requires cyclists to wear protective headgear. Her preferred form of headgear is a big, floppy hat.

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By contrast, traditional scuba headgear includes a partial face mask and most crucially, the regulator. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Diving masks from San Marcos company helped rescue of Thai boys from cave," 11 July 2018 Badu, famous for her eccentric hats and headgear, has long been known to operate on her own wavelength. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Erykah Badu: 'I'm not anti-Semitic' but 'I saw something good in Hitler'," 24 Jan. 2018 Dazzling jewels encrusted on clothes, chokers, tiaras, brooches, headgear, swords and daggers capture the opulence of the Rathores. Sharmila Mukherjee, The Seattle Times, "SAM’s ‘Peacock in the Desert’ opens the doors of our perception to the marvelous," 2 Jan. 2019 It’s time for the picks — and Lee Corso’s headgear. Seattle Times Sports Staff, The Seattle Times, "Rose Bowl GameCenter: Live updates, highlights from UW Huskies’ loss to Ohio State," 1 Jan. 2019 Just slap on the cybernetic headgear worn by Lobot in the Empire Strikes Back. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "This Halloween, use a 3D-printed prop to complete your last-minute costume," 27 Oct. 2018 And there is great variety within Islamic headgear. Charlotte Allen, WSJ, "Religious Freedom and the Burqa," 23 Aug. 2018 Luckily, Kate's headgear has become decidedly more modern over the years. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Prince William Has a Throwback Moment to His Military Graduation, 12 Years Later," 14 Dec. 2018 Heard did a nice job of complementing her glitzy headgear with an gorgeous solo pearl-drop earring. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Amber Heard Wears a Couture Bathing Cap to Aquaman," 26 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of headgear

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of headgear was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of headgear

: things (such as hats and helmets) that are worn on your head


head·​gear | \ ˈhed-ˌgir How to pronounce headgear (audio) \

Kids Definition of headgear

: something worn on the head She wears protective headgear when skiing.

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